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more on www.cbssf.com, a cool monday and rain. we will see you at 6:00 p.m. thank you for watching. >> quijano: signed, sealed and soon to be revealed. is expected to beo indictment day in robert mueller's russia investigation. will there be an arrest? also tonight, puerto rico pulls the plug on its $300 million contract with whitefish energy. exactly five years after superstorm sandy, the hardest hit areas are still recovering. what exactly is taking so long? at the home of america's fourth president, the descendants of slaves get in touch with their sots. >> i want to be a part of telling my family's story. >> quijano: and in a budget showdown thousands of wild horses could lose more than their home on the range. >> reporter: now the big fear is that the government will legalize the slaughter of these horses.
this is the "cbs weekend news." >> quijano: good evening, i'm elaine quijano. this is our western edition. president trump has dismissed the russia investigation as a pointless witch-hunt. but the first criminal suspect could be unmasked on the eve of halloween. sources tell cbs news a federal raand jury has approved special counsel robert mueller's first charges in the case. an arrest could come as early as monday. in a hail of tweets the president shrugged off the looming charges suggesting in capital letters that the spotlight be turned instead towards hillary clinton. here's justice reporter paula icid. >> bob mueller has a really distinguished career in our country. >> reporter: republican trey gowdy called for his party to have an open mind as they await the first charges from special eunsel robert mueller. >> i would encourage my republican friends, give the guy
a chance to do his job. the result will be known by the facts. >> reporter: the sealed indictment could become public as early as monday but it is not known who could be charged. mueller has been given the authority to investigate any connection between the trump campaign and russia. his probe has brought an out to include parallel investigations into former trump campaign manager paul manafort, former national security advisor mike flynn and questioned about possible obstruction of justice in the firing of james comey. democrat adam schiff believes manafort has information that could be especially useful to mueller. >> we know that the russian government through intermediaries was reaching out to the trump campaign, reaching out to paul manafort and others and offering information on hillary clinton they thought with help the trump campaign and that the campaign was willing and accepted that idea. >> reporter: former u.s. attorney creed merarra says the first arrest is likely to be someone who has information who can advance the overall investigation. >> prosecutors like those of my e rmer office and those who work
in bob mueller's office now try to see who they can bring charges against first. and see if they have information about someone else. >> reporter: the threat of an indictment can certainly provide an incentive to cooperate with investigators. so if the person who it is possible if it is possible the charges could remain under seal and we want see any arrests this and we want see any arrests this week. >> quijano: paula thank you. earlier i spoke with our chief washington correspondent and onace the nation" host john dickerson. john, what does news of an indictment mean, politically speaking? >> well, it depends who the indictment is aimed at and if it is a minor character on the fringe of this story. ry won't mean very much, in fact. you can imagine, and now we're really getting into the ether, here, of speculation. but if it's a sideline figure that is not related to the president, it is possible to imagine that the president would take some heart from that and say it approves this is a witch-
hunt. on the other hand if it is somebody close to the trump campaign then it would require itl kinds of responses both from the president and his team, that would create more volatility. >> quijano: senator collins told you she wants several key players from hillary clinton's 2016 white house run to appear again before the senate intelligence committee on the issue of this steele dossier. how does this week's news about the dossier change the narrative of the russia investigation? >> this certainly helps the aiesident make his case or at aast before this indictment news came forward, about what the clinton team was up to. but really there are two therate things. and so particularly with respect to the senate intelligence committee, senator collins was saying that the lawyer who we know was involved with this creation of the dossier or at least spending money on it was at the table with john podesta the chairman of the clinton campaign when he said he knew nothing about how it was funded. so that lawyer will now,
according to senator collins, should come back and testify himself as opposed to sitting there just as somebody there going along with john podesta. >> quijano: john dickerson, thanks so much. >> thanks, elaine. >> quijano: severe weather is am slamming the east. tropical storm philippe brought heavy rain and strong gusts to rmuth florida. now another system is plowing through the northeast states, chief meteorologist craig setzer is tracking at our cbs miami station, wfor. what is the latest craig? >> the latest is that tropical storm philippe is not going to be a bother to anyone as it is nyving out to sea. it is the off the east coast of it is the off the east coast of florida and heading northeast but the moisture from philippe will contribute to the already powerful storm system that is working its way across the eastern u.s. heavy rainfall from the mid atlantic to the northeast of new england and new york and heavy rainfall is going to increase as that tropical moisture component pontinues to be an influence into the system. some isolated amounts could exceed four inches.
maybe even a few spotty six-inch amounts and that could cause wide spread flash flooding. another big issue with this system is going to be the wind, very, very strong wind coming southerly. this is unlike a nor'easter. these will be southerly winds coming to new york, new england, southern new england tonight, during the day tomorrow into central and northern new england. large trees could be blown down eith widespread power outages. wind gusts could be up to 70 miles an hour. elaine, once this storm system moves out, cool air is forecast to move in. >> quijano: all right, craig. thank you. a storm of controversy forced puerto rico today to pull the plug on a deal with whitefish energy. the tiny company in montana had been awarded a huge contract to restore electricity knocked out by hurricane maria. >> to revoke the clause in the contract. >> puerto rico governor ricardo rotionelo made the announcement
nearly a week after questions were raised about the how the small energy company in montana got a 300 million dollar no-bid contract to help rebuild pute-- puerto rico electrical bid. whitefish energy is based in this two bed room house in north western montana. the two year old company 4 become the center of attention and it was too much for the governor. >> it is interfering with everything and doesn't go towards the best interest of the people of puerto rico. >> three hours after the governor's surprise announcement ricardo ramos head of the puerto rican electrical power authority announced that the contract will be cancelled, but only after whitefish completes its current work. >> it becomes effective in 30 days. >> so far ramos says whitefish has been paid nearly $11 million. and there is another $9.8 million payment that is pending. the company which has hired more than 350 people to do the work
in puerto rico says it's very disappointed in the decision by the governor to ask that the contract be cancelled. adding that it will only delay what the people of puerto rico want and deserve. >> if the governor gets his way in and that contract is cancelled the governor wants to bring in more power crews from new york and florida. a lot of people have asked how did whitefish first get in contact with the puerto rican power officials. the c.e.o. of whitefish said that he reached out to them using the social media site linkedin sending them a message shortly before hurricane maria made landfall, elaine. >> quijano: david, thank you. >> quijano: david, thank you. exactly five years ago superstorm sandy battered the northeast. gorts of new york and new jersey were devastated it was the hecond costliest storm in u.s. history, more than $70 billion in damage. half a decade later many are still struggling. five years after hurricane sandy, residents in breezy point, new york, are still eecovering as their homes undergo extensive renovation, are being razed or rebuilt.
in 2013, 20,000 flood victims in new york registered for assistance to rebuild or replace ebeir homes. >> 250, 300 homes were elevated and rebuilding in this community. >> quijano: amy petersen, the director of the build it back program says she can only help less than half. as you know there has been criticism, though, that the process has been cumbersome, that it is been confusing, that tarly on there was a lack of inmmunication. what is your response. >> sandy was a disaster no one has seen before. the build it back program has had problems at the start. >> quijano: 500 homes have been >> quijano: 189 of 500 homes have been rebuilt, 370 out of 850 homes have been razed. it's five years later. what exactly is taking so long? >> what happened was a lot of people were able to return home, but we still felt it was tiportant to elevate their homes and make them safe. so four years after the storm, within the last year, they move out, we elevate their homes and then they will be safe for the future. >> this is been a very painful, song process. for many of my residents.
>> quijano: new york city councilman mark treyger represents a dozen ineligible ncney island residents who live in row homes. >> many of our federal rules an policy don't take into account the urban landscape of new york city. >> quijano: pamela pettijohn and her neighbors want action. p do we want elevation, yes, yes, that is the on way we can save our homes. we all have four feet seven inches in our living room of sewer, disgusting water from the creek, from the sewer lines, in our homes. the only hope we have is elevation. insurance is going to be in excess of $10,000 a year. we are on fixed incomes. ea will actually lose our homes. >> these folks should not be on their own. we need organizations funded by the government to help assist them every step of the way. >> quijano: one critical lesson officials say they learned is the importance of tying the city's initial disaster response to longer term efforts. on this football sunday the rouston texans game plan
included a show of unity against remarks made by their team's ganer. here's roxana saberi. >> o'er the ramparts we watched. >> reporter: as the national anthem rang out before sunday's game, the majority of the ayuston texans kneeled in protest, following controversial comments paid by team owner bob mcnair. at a mid october nfl owners meeting about how to deal with players protest during the prtional anthem, mcnair said we can't have the inmates running the prison. >> can't say i was surprised. >> reporter: texans left tackle duane brown called the comment disrespectful. >> this is the view as player- owner relationship. this is how you view us. this is-- you get out of line, you're an inmate. >> reporter: on sunday, mcnair met with players and issued a second apology saying in a statement, "i was not referring to our players when i made a very regretful comment. i was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners."
but players across the n.f.l. have reacted strongly. seattle seahawks cornerback richard sherman tweeted "don't apologize, you meant what you izid. showing true colors allows people to see you for who you are." and brian orokpo, a linebacker for the tennessee titans, "that is how they really feel, huh. those words out of this man's mouth is infuriating to me and the rest of my brothers in this league." the conflict comes at a crucial time for the n.f.l. which as been in talks with players about concerns over issues like racial injustice. there is concern have led players across the league to kneel for the national anthem. critics call the demonstrations unpatriotic. colin kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem last year. the former san francisco 49er is now a free agent, and has not been signed by another team. taine, he's still waiting to lear if and when he will be able to meet with owners and the players association. >> quijano: roxana, thank you. coming up, a diplomatic crisis in the middle east.
>> quijano: a diplomatic crisis is heating up along the persian gulf between saudi arabia and iran. for months qatar has been under a blockade by its arab neighbors ndo accuse the tiny nation of napporting terror groups. all of the countries involved are american allies and the u.s. .as a large air base in qatar, charlie rose sat down with the emir of qatar for "60 minutes." 0> reporter: qatar built al udeid air base to american specifications. 365 days a year, 24/7, u.s. and allied aircraft take off from qatar's desert to strike enemy targets in afghanistan, iraq and syria. 10,000 americans and coalition forces operate out of the
sprawling air base. it may be why president trump, after initially tweeting support of the blockade, now seems eager to end it. you have heard that the president said, "this cannot happen?" >> i've heard that. i've heard that, "this cannot continue. it should end." >> reporter: and "we cannot tolerate an invasion from outside by our friends against another friend?"tolde ve clearli will not accept my friends fighting amongst themselves." >> rose: so you were actually fearful of that? >> i'm fearful that if anything happens, if any military act happens, this region will be in ioaos. >> reporter: it is said that the president has asked you to come to camp david. have you accepted that invitation? >> yes. i had, i met with, with the president when i was in new york a few weeks ago. >> reporter: for the united nations. s for the united nations. and the president showed that he is committed to find an end to this crisis. and yes, it is true, he, he suggested that we come.
and i told him straightaway, "mr. president, we are very ready. i've been asking for dialogue from day one." >> reporter: and what did the other countries say? >> it was supposed to be very ouon, this meeting. but i don't have any response. >> quijano: you can see charlie's full report on the complicated crisis in qatar tonight on "60 minutes." still ahead, tens of thousands of wild horses are at the star w a political showdown on the american rangeland. american rangeland. today, we're out here with some big news about type 2 diabetes. you have type 2 diabetes, right? yes. so let me ask you this... how does diabetes affect your heart? it doesn't, does it? actually, it does. type 2 diabetes can make you twice as likely to die from a cardiovascular event,
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>> quijano: president trump's proposed budget has ignited a battle in the wild west between the livestock industry and animal rights activists. it's a dispute over grazing territory. tens of thousands of wild horses could end up being slaughtered. meg oliver reports tonight from western utah. >> reporter: in beaver county, utah, wild horses of every color, from charcoal to carmel, olarge against the range. a symbol of the great american west. one that is multiplying by 20% a year. 0> just in the last ten years we've gone from 30,000 to over 70,000.
>> reporter: what happened? rs in the last three years we pretty much quit gathering. >> reporter: for decades the bureau of land management rounded up excess horses and placed them in private ranches and feed lots until they ran out of space. now the big fear is that the government will legalize the slaughter of these horses. under president trump's proposed budget the wild horse management program would lose $10 million in funding. the plan would also remove language from a 1971 act that would open the door for wholesale destruction. >> they're under attack by our own government. >> reporter: wild horse >>vocates simone netherlands has dedicated her life to protecting these majestic mustangs. are there too many wild horses now? >> absolutely not an overpopulation problem of wild horses. what we have is a discrimination problem. >> reporter: across ten states, 26.9 million acres of public land are set aside for wild horses.
meanwhile, there are 155 million acres for livestock. deep in the desert mountains eutside milford, cattle rancher mark wentch says the range is under attack with too many horses devouring the forage. >> we're trucking cattle 150 miles whereas in the past we cre able to herd them ten miles. >> reporter: do you think that is the answer to slaughter these wild horses. >> what do you do with your cats and dogs when there are too many in the city. do you let them run rampant? >> reporter: wild horse advocates want time to try new types of contraception to tntrol the population. but time is running out. a new federal budget could make scenes like this history. meg oliver, cbs news, beaver county, utah. >> quijano: up next, at the home of an american founding father, a ground-breaking exhibit on slavery. er, a ground-breaking exhibit on slavery. food...
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they're after but long forgotten objects that tell a richer story about the slaves who once lived here. leontyne clay peck what has roots in this area. can this be connected to you in some way genealogically? >> even if it didn't attach to me and my bloodline it attached to someone's child. to me whoever touched this the last time, i feet like i'm bonded with that person. >> reporter: visitors here now learn about a lot more than james and dolly madison. kat imhoff is president & ceo of montpelier. >> we're talking about the 300 people who made their life possible, the enslaved community. >> reporter: now there is a new exhibit here devoted entirely to montpelier's slaves featuring some of the objects unearthed by uscendants. >> we've really wanted descendants to come home and to actually put their hands in the soil and be part of uncovering anat we call making what has been invisible, visible montpelier. >> reporter: some of michelle taylor's ancestors were enslaved here.
her passion for learning about them helped her decide on a career as a professional sichaeologist. >> i would rather be a part of telling my family story and i want to be a part, using my hands to find the information myself. >> reporter: matt reeves director of archaeology here has been an archaeologist for 30 years. do you still get excited when you find something in the ground. >> absolutely. >> reporter: but he says the thrill is magnified when those doing the finding include descendants of slaves. >> finding objects that their ancestors owned and the last folks that touched these objects was one of their ancestors is almost spiritual. and that has been so inspiring. >> reporter: inspiring people of all races to work together to uncover american history. chip reid, cbs news, montpelier. >> quijano: incredibly important work. that is the cbs weekend news for this sunday. i'm elaine quijano in new york. for all of us at cbs news. thank you for joining us and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.w
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jarrett ra was at an after-work event when she noticed someone following her. it seemed every she went there he was. at one point, he aggressively put his hand in her blouse. she didn't know his name at the time but the next day, using facebook, she learned this izz name. he was an assembly staffer. eight years later, that staffer is now the majority whip in the state assembly. >> i really mean it. i'm homegrown. >> reporter: she reported the 2009 incident and it was investigated by an outside law firm. they issued a letter saying, quote, it is more likely than not that he engaged in behavior that night which does not meet the assembly's expectations for professionalism. he was also banned from communicating with her. three years later, in 2012, he ran for assembly with the full support of the democratic party. now she is finally telli